Obesity was initially considered to be a basic problem, which can be resolved or reversed easily. But now that’s not all, Obesity has become a grave problem, and needs to be taken as a serious issue more than any of your other conditions. Because, you never know – Obesity can be the culprit for your other health concerns!!
Recent studies have reported that globally, more than 1.9 billion adults are overweight and 650 million are obese. Approximately 2.8 million deaths are reported as a result of being overweight or obese.
In India, more than 135 million individuals may be affected by obesity. The prevalence of obesity in India varies due to age, gender, geographical environment, socio-economic status, etc.
According to ICMR-INDIAN study 2015, the prevalence rate of obesity and central obesity varies from 11.8% to 31.3% and 16.9%–36.3% respectively. In India, abdominal obesity is one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVDs).
Generalized obesity (GO) was defined by various studies as a BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2 for both genders (based on the World Health Organization Asia Pacific Guidelines) with or without abdominal obesity (AO) and abdominal obesity (AO) was defined as waist circumference (WC) ≥ 90 cm for men and ≥ 80 cm for women with or without GO.
Obesity can lead you to Nutritional Optic Neuropathy! This is happening due to poor eating habits, overconsumption of energy-dense foods, sedentary lifestyle.
Obesity has been officially recognized as a disease by the American Medical Association, A live example is of a teenage boy who became deaf and blind due to overconsumption of fast and processed foods.
As reported in the leading newspaper, a teenager residing in Bristol, suffered irreversible eyesight loss after surviving on fast food like chips, white bread, processed snacks, and meat.
The teenager was a fussy eater from an early age and was never been able to tolerate the fruits and vegetables. This led him to suffer from nutritional optic neuropathy at a teenage age.
What is Nutritional Optic Neuropathy?
Nutritional Optic Neuropathy, also known as deficiency optic neuropathy is a dysfunction of the optic nerve resulting from improper dietary content of certain nutrients essential for the normal functioning of the nerve fibers.
Most commonly, it results from folic acid and vitamin B complex deficiency associated with malnutrition or poor dietary habits.
The boy suffers from an eating disorder called ARFID (avoidant restrictive food intake disorder). Sufferers become sensitive to the taste, texture, smell, and appearance of certain types of food.
This news is a waking alarm for all of us, who treats obesity, as a secondary problem.
Good things come to those who WAIT!
And Bad things come to those who “WEIGHT”
Recognizing the comorbidities that obesity can produce and early institution of therapy is the need of the hour.
Let’s make our life better by reversing these factors and following a gradual but steady weight loss journey!! Just as we took time to gain that excess fat around our body, we need to be patient enough to follow the exercise, diet regime, and supplements that can support your weight loss.
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